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4,500 passengers arrive into Dublin Airport in a three-day period

 

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The airport is eerily quiet

The airport is eerily quiet

The airport is eerily quiet

Almost 4,500 passengers arrived at Dublin Airport in the first three days of this week.

While still a tiny proportion of the number of passengers who would normally pass through arrivals, it underscores the challenge in persuading people not to undertake non-essential travel.

Of the more than 2,000 people who landed at the airport on Tuesday and Wednesday, about one-third was returning from holidays.

Flights are still operating from destinations such as Lanzarote and Malaga, some of the favourite hotspots for Irish sun-seekers.

All people over the age of six arriving in Ireland must now provide a negative or not detected PCR Covid test taken within 72 hours prior to arrival.

That has to be given to immigration officers on arrival.

But the Department of Justice said that 39 passengers had arrived between Monday and Wednesday without a negative Covid test. Of those, 28 landed at Dublin Airport.

Passengers without valid evidence of a negative Covid test can face a €2,500 fine or six months in prison.

The DAA, the semi-State company that operates Dublin Airport, said that 2,325 passengers arrived on Monday, 936 on Tuesday, and 1,202 on Wednesday.

That was out of a total of 4,665 arrivals and departures on Monday, 1,843 on Tuesday and 2,135 on Wednesday.

Separate figures from the Department of Transport showed that more than 2,100 passengers flew into Dublin Airport from Spain last week.

Landed

Spain topped the list of departure points for those arriving in Dublin Airport last week. It was followed by ­Britain (1,920 people flew in).

The new figures show 1,300 people arrived from the Netherlands, 1,174 from France and 1,055 from Romania.

They were followed by passengers from Portugal (991), Poland (972), Moldova (663), Turkey (591) and the UAE (537).

Figures for Cork Airport show 151 people arrived last week from Britain while 182 people landed in Shannon Airport, with the vast majority (135) travelling from Algeria.

In total, 14,757 passengers arrived in Ireland between Monday, January 18, and ­Sunday, January 24. This was down on the previous week when 18,226 people flew into Ireland; 33,808 arrived in the first week of January.

Taoiseach Micheál Martin said this week that of the 800 people who came into the country through airports, 397 were returning from holidays.

Passenger numbers at Dublin Airport are around 95pc lower than ­normal.

Airlines across Europe are facing a "complete disaster", with traffic across the region expected to be 64pc lower this month compared to a year ago, according to Eamonn Brennan, the head of Eurocontrol, the Brussels-based agency that manages European airspace.

"It is clear that the months of February and March will be exceptionally low across the network," Mr Brennan said.

"Even April is expected to perform very poorly with only a limited pick-up for the Easter period."


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